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Inglorious empire : What the British did to India

Author: Shashi Tharoor
Publisher: London : Scribe Publication, 2018. ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Shashi Tharoor reveals with acuity, impeccable research, and trademark wit, just how disastrous British rule was for India. Besides examining the many ways in which the colonizers exploited India, ranging from the drain of national resources to Britain, the destruction of the Indian textile, steel-making and shipping industries, and the negative transformation of agriculture, he demolishes the arguments of Western  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Shashi Tharoor
ISBN: 9781947534308 1947534300 9781947534292 1947534297
OCLC Number: 1033618106
Notes: Originally published under the title An era of darkness : the British Empire in India by Aleph book company, New Delhi, India in 2016.
Description: xxxi, 294 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: The looting of India --
Did the British give India political unity? --
Democracy, the press, the parliamentary system and the rule of law --
Divide et impera --
The myth of enlightened despotism --
The remaining case for empire --
The (im)balance sheet: a coda --
The messy afterlife of colonialism.
Responsibility: Shashi Tharoor.

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"Shashi Tharoor reveals with acuity, impeccable research, and trademark wit, just how disastrous British rule was for India. Besides examining the many ways in which the colonizers exploited India, ranging from the drain of national resources to Britain, the destruction of the Indian textile, steel-making and shipping industries, and the negative transformation of agriculture, he demolishes the arguments of Western and Indian apologists for Empire on the supposed benefits of British rule, including democracy and political freedom, the rule of law, and the railways. The few unarguable benefits--the English language, tea, and cricket--were never actually intended for the benefit of the colonized but introduced to serve the interests of the colonizers. Brilliantly narrated and passionately argued, An Era of Darkness will serve to correct many misconceptions about one of the most contested periods of Indian history."--Publisher description.

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